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Southern Africa: the tough path towards quitting coal
The Duvha coal-fired power plant, owned by state-owned utility Eskom, in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga province, South Africa, on June 3, 2021. © Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
SOUTHERN AFRICA

Southern Africa: the tough path towards quitting coal

The whole region of southern Africa, and especially South Africa, remains extremely dependent on coal mines, despite protests from environmentalists and pressure from the West in the form of billion-dollar subsidised plans to speed up the coal phase-out. The weighty state-owned Eskom, which has been embroiled in deep crisis for years, is making a tentative attempt to diversify. However, in a country where the sector's unions enjoy unparalleled influence within the state apparatus this is a daunting task. Neighbouring states are attune to this fact and are launching new projects to supply the regional giant's power plants.


 

The Duvha coal-fired power plant, owned by state-owned utility Eskom, in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga province, South Africa, on June 3, 2021. © Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
ZIMBABWE Mining 26/04/2022
A cooling tower at Hwange Power station's Phase 8, currently under construction in Hwange, Zimbabwe, October 19, 2021.
A cooling tower at Hwange Power station's Phase 8, currently under construction in Hwange, Zimbabwe, October 19, 2021. © Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Magnate Billy Rautenbach consolidates his control of Matabeleland North coal 

Billy Rautenbach, a historic supporter of Zanu-Pf since the Mugabe era and long considered the richest man in Zimbabwe, is increasing his hold on coal in the west of the country. This is a major coup at a time when national demand is set to rise sharply following the planned increase in capacity at Hwange power station. [...]

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